Perrett strikes on her Territory in Festival finale
Local trainer Amanda Perrett saddled Rebel Territory to victory in the Signature Apprentice Handicap, the final race of an absorbing Qatar Goodwood Festival.
Ridden by three-pound claimer Rhys Clutterbuck, Rebel Territory (7/2 fav) was switched off early before being asked to challenge as the field drifted towards the stands’ side.
Runner-up Sweet Reward (14/1) was briefly checked as the winner grabbed the running rail but couldn’t make any in-roads late on and went down by a length and three-quarters. The Whipmaster (6/1) was three lengths further back in third.
Perrett, who is based in Pulborough, West Sussex, said: “Rebel Territory loves the cut in the ground, he’s one of the few of ours this week that did.
“The race that he was due to run in at Sandown in midweek was cancelled, so for him to come out and do that is just fantastic.
“Rhys got down to a light weight to ride him. I was quite confident, but the horse was quite keen on the outside at Ascot, so I told Rhys to try and get some cover early on and he gave him a beautiful ride, he didn’t rush or panic.
“He’s a young, inexperienced horse and handled everything really well. It’s amazing for the owners who bred him. Let’s hope that he is back here next year!”
Clutterbuck said: “It worked out as expected. The aim was to get a bit of cover as last time when he ran at Ascot, he did not get any. We got the cover we needed. He enjoyed the ground – it’s hard work out there now, but he tries hard.
“I have had a good season. I can’t thank everyone enough, hopefully the ball keeps rolling and the winners come in.”
4.45pm Signature Apprentice Handicap
1 Rebel Territory (Mrs F Cotton, Mr & Mrs P Conway) Amanda Perrett 3-8-06 Rhys Clutterbuck (3) 7/2 fav
2 Sweet Reward (Old Stoic Racing Club & Partner) Jonathan Portman 4-8-12 Tyler Saunders (3) 14/1
3 The Whipmaster (The Golf Partnership) Gary Moore 3-8-06 Aidan Keeley (7) 6/1
Amanda Perrett – 9th Qatar Goodwood Festival winner
Rhys Clutterbuck – 1st Qatar Goodwood Festival winner